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Weever Apps helps CFL PA save time and money with mobile forms

Hamilton, ON — (SBWIRE) — 07/18/2014 – The mobile forms app market is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world today because companies are realizing the inherent advantages of converting their paper forms to mobile forms. Keeping up with that trend can be a daunting task for many firms. Fortunately, business owners can now get up to speed quickly and affordably with the help of Weever Apps.

By helping clients to evolve from paperwork to mobile forms, Weever Apps can build productivity, accelerate “quote to cash” timelines and reduce errors – including the headaches they cause. Mobile Forms allow employees to enter information into a form using any mobile device and, because they are using a tablet instead of paper, they can add pictures, GPS locations, contact dispatch and more…

According to Steve McBride, co-founder and CEO of Weever Apps, businesses can experience many immediate benefits by switching to Weever Apps’ mobile forms. “In many cases, clients are simply looking for digitized versions of their paper forms,” he explains. “We like to think of that as an evolution rather than a revolution. You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel to realize exceptional business results. We like to think of our solution as the simplest-to-use on the market.”

 

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Increased real-time data accuracy was particularly noticeable in one assignment Weever Apps put together for the Canadian Football League Players’ Association. Weever Apps developed an app for them that enabled players to use mobile forms to sign up with the league and arrange things like equipment sizes, guest appearances and medical clearances.

“The CFLPA Mobile app has exceeded my expectations.” says Susan Gordon, VP Sales & Marketing for the CFL Players Association. “It has had an immediate impact in improved efficiencies by integrating DocuSign signatures inside the mobile app, thereby reducing administrative work and giving players access to critical documents while traveling. We plan to further expand the number and type of forms for even more productivity benefits.”

McBride adds, “It really accelerated the process. With our apps, there’s no need for faxes or scanning that might require info to be retyped and result in mistakes.”

Weever Apps can develop mobile forms easily with its innovative mobile app software platform, which can integrate form data and DocuSign secure e-signatures from any mobile device. It can also incorporate a cloud database to securely store all the data that’s collected and provide it to admin users through a user-friendly account manager. Weever Apps’ patented technology is compatible with all touch phones and tablets including Apple, BlackBerry 10, Windows 8 and Android.

“We give our clients the ability to reduce paper but we also enable them to collect, manage and share data in real time on any device, wherever they happen to be.” says McBride.

Many business functions become a snap with the help of Weever Apps’ mobile forms. For example, some firms are heavily dependent on collections to achieve a stable cash flow. Without a dependence on paper, collections can now be done in a matter of hours – rather than weeks. Sales becomes a much easier process. When they’re out on the road, salespeople can easily access actionable data, such as price lists, while managers can track their location using GPS functionality.

Affordability is another big selling point. Weever Apps provides professional services app development as well as a monthly subscription service, which allows clients to build their own mobile forms without any programming experience and can be deployed the same day and at a minimal monthly subscription cost.

McBride concludes, “Our clients are starting to realize the power of mobile forms. It’s helping them be more productive and efficient. They’re seeing immediate results.”

For more information visit WeeverApps.com/MobileForms. To contact directly email Hello@weeverapps.com or call 1-800-299-0623.

 

About Weever Apps

Weever Apps is an innovative smartphone applications company headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Since it was first established in 2011, Weever Apps has developed apps for many large and medium-sized firms such as London Life, the City of Hamilton, Foresters Insurance, McMaster University and Allergan Canada. To date, clients in over 65 countries around the world use the Weever Apps platform to create their own apps.

Contact

Andy Pritchard
Marketing Manager
andy@weeverapps.com
906.630.7939 or 1(800) 299-0623

CareGo charity golf tournament raises $22,700 for north-end neighbourhood

caregoHAMILTON, ONTARIO – CareGo’s 15th annual golf tournament raised $22,700 for programs and services provided by the Robert Land Community Association in Hamilton’s north-end.

More than 100 golfers hit the links at Century Pines Golf Club in Flamborough on June 20, including CareGo staff and their family members, suppliers, customers and business associates. The cost of the tournament is covered by CareGo, so all funds from golf registrations and sponsorships are directed to Robert Land Community Association.

“It’s our company’s 15th anniversary and we’ve held the tournament every year since 1999,” says Demetrius Tsafaridis, president and CEO of CareGo. “This year we set a record with the highest number of golfers and more money raised than any year previous.”

Tsafaridis said the generosity of suppliers and customers was outstanding, with each hole sponsored and prizes provided for every golfer.

“I’m thrilled by the amount raised,” said Don MacVicar, founding president of the Robert Land Community Association, who attended the tournament. “The funds provided by CareGo through this tournament have made an incredible difference in the Keith neighbourhood, as we are continuing to create new educational opportunities and a brighter future for the families in this community.”

The Robert Land Community Association provides programs and services through the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre on Wentworth Street North. It is the home of the Literacy Express, a refurbished rail dining car turned into a literacy and learning centre.

Golfers in the winning foursome, with a score of eight under par, were Demetrius Tsafaridis, Bruce Gabel and Greg Gabel from IPC Securities, and Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie.

CareGo (www.carego.com) provides optimization/automation technology and distribution services for steel and other heavy products. It was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Hamilton.

CONTACT: Cynthia Janzen, Vice President, Communications, 905-308-3489, cjanzen@carego.com

 

Interview with Chris Lange creator of Scratch This

Check out the interview below with Chris Lange, creator of the new Scratch This app!

 

chris-langeTell me about yourself.

I am a fourth year Mechatronics engineering student. My favorite hobbies include fishing skateboarding and kiteboarding but in my free time I’m always coming up with new ideas to try and make some money.

 

What is Scratch This?

Scratch This! Is an android application that rates Ontario scratch card lotteries in order to allow users to choose the lottery that would give them the best bang for their buck. The lotteries are ranked by an algorithm that incorporates publicly available data such as current prizes remaining and expected number of printed tickets.

 

Why did you decide to develop Scratch This?

I’ve always done my research before making any kind of purchase and I realized that many scratch card players don’t realize that many of the prizes they are hoping to win have already been claimed. I wanted to create an easy and convenient way to show users which lotteries had the most prizes available, the most money available and the least amount of tickets printed per dollar spent.

 

Who do you expect to use Scratch This?

I expect everyone that buys scratch cards and who know about my app to use it. Right now there’s a $4 cash for life with a top prize of $500! I think the price of my app is very reasonable if it helps users avoid lotteries like this that do not have many prizes left.

 

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What is your plan to get the word out about Scratch This?

I am still figuring out how to advertise this app. Normally you can show popular blogs and reach a large audience but in my case I need to market Ontario specifically. Im hoping to find some popular local blogs and maybe even get featured on a local news network.

 

How can people get Scratch This? Is there a free and/or paid version? What does the premium version include? How do you plan to monetize the app?

There is a free and paid version available on the Google Play Store. The free version limits users to five non consecutive days of use. The paid version is $4 but allows unlimited use.

 

Where do you seeing Scratch This going in the future?

I’m using Ontario as a test market. If this app takes off I plan to incorporate other provinces and possibly an iOS application too.

 

“Perfection” inspires name for CareGo technology

caregoJune 2nd, 2014 – Hamilton, Ontario - CareGo’s patent-pending optimization technology now has a name: TELIA

“It’s the Greek word for “perfection” in the sense of being complete, lacking nothing,” says president & CEO Demetrius Tsafaridis. “We’re proud of our technology and I think the name speaks to our confidence in its reliability, its precision and its ability to pull operating costs out of the storage and distribution of steel and other heavy products.”

TELIA’s sophisticated software minimizes the space needed for work-in-progress and finished inventory by telling the crane where the optimal place is for each coil, pipe or plate. The automated crane “remembers” where each item is stored and can retrieve it instantly, moving at twice the speed of a manually-operated crane.

Trucks and railcars can be loaded and unloaded rapidly. An inventory management and scheduling system tracks and reports all inventory moves and provides instant management information. There are a number of supporting components that optimize virtually every process associated with a metals facility.

“In our business, speed and accuracy is everything, and TELIA provides that in spades,” Tsafaridis says. He noted that TELIA also creates a very safe workplace, because employees are kept out of the work field altogether. “Employees don’t have to go into the coil field hunting for a particular piece of product,” Tsafaridis explains. “They stay safely behind an electronic gate and the crane retrieves the product for them.”

TELIA was initially developed by CareGo staff to make the company’s own steel distribution centres more efficient. Its components can now be purchased or leased as a complete suite, individually, or in a customized combination.

In April 2014 CareGo was short-listed as Technology Provider of the Year in an international competition by American Metal Markets: http://carego.com/en/posts/19 , with winners to be announced June 17, 2014.

Contact: Cynthia Janzen, Vice President, Communications, cjanzen@carego.com or 905-308-3489
www.carego.com

 

VIZIYA expands into Asia-Pacific

viziyaHamilton, Ontario – Enterprise asset management software specialist VIZIYA Corporation is placing a stake in the Asia-Pacific region by opening an office in Australia.

The move into Asia-Pacific follows a recent push into the Middle East and Europe, expanding its presence with offices in Dubai, Brussels and Amsterdam.

VIZIYA provides bolt-on asset management solutions running on JDE, Oracle, SAP, Info and Maximo asset maintenance systems, and hopes to build on its success to date with Australian mining, oil and gas companies.

“Opening offices in Australia seemed like a logical move at this stage. The emerging trends in the region give us an invaluable opportunity to gain new customers, as well as show the world why VIZIYA is the industry leader in the space,” a VIZIYA spokesperson said.

“We support all major ERP and EAM systems, so establishing offices worldwide, and expanding our global footprint is the basis of our strategy.”

VIZIYA has exhibited at the Mastering SAP Plant Maintenance conferences in South Africa and Brazil recently, and will be attending the Gold Coast event in November this year.

 

Bay Area Research Logistics winner of 1Award

firstontarioHamilton, Ontario – Hamilton’s Bay Area Research Logistics (BARL) has been selected as the recipient of a 1Award for 2014 from FirstOntario Credit Union. BARL has been awarded $38,000 in cash and in-kind professional services to help the company expand to new markets.

“At FirstOntario we see small business as the engine of growth for the economy in Hamilton,” says Mary DeSousa, executive vice president of Marketing at FirstOntario Credit Union. “We established the 1Awards Business Competition three years ago to help small businesses in our community take that important next step in their growth.”

BARL offers global clinical trial logistics services focused on helping the health care industry successfully develop new medications and treatments. Partnering with researchers and organizations – representing academic and private clinical research organizations, individual investigators, large pharmaceutical companies and others – it offers logistical design, packaging and distribution for the successful execution of clinical drug trials. Since 2007 BARL has worked on a range of clinical trials, such as Phase IV trials, involving as many as 13,000 patients in 22 different countries, and investigational new drug trials involving as few as 10 patients. This includes helping to design research protocols; handling the regulatory arrangements for the import and export of drugs; and the packaging, labeling and the shipment of drugs, complying with all regulations around the world. These trials can be groundbreaking, first-in-class drug discoveries, last resort treatment options, or trials of existing drugs as possible treatments for new diseases.

“We are delighted to be recognized as a small business which FirstOntario believes has significant potential for future growth,” says BARL’s director Nicole Grannell. “We are looking at expanding into new markets in Canada and in the U.S., and the 1Award will provide additional resources to help us successfully do just that.”

Bay Area Research Logistics is a division of Bay Area Health Trust, which operates a number of enterprises designed to generate profits, used to support health care and health care research.

For more information, contact Nicole Grannell, director, Bay Area Research Logistics, 905-527-1938 ext. 27, or via email at grannell@barl.ca.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4535994-live-1awards

 

Interview with Teachably creator Vince Angeloni

Check out the interview below with Vince Angeloni (@vince_angeloni) about his new edtech startup Teachably. You’ll be able to see a live demo + Q&A of Teachably at DemoCampHamilton17 on June 17th inside The Art Gallery of Hamilton!

 

vinceTell me about yourself.

My name is Vince Angeloni, I’m from Hamilton, Ontario and I am a User Interface Designer, Web Developer and entrepreneur. I have been in the industry for almost 10 years collaborating and building products for startups in Southern Ontario. During this time I have helped design applications for KFC, PizzaHut and FlightNetwork.

 

What is Teachably all about?

Teachably is a cloud based all-in-one management suite for teachers that allow them to manage everything from their students, class timetables, and create lesson plans. It’s main goal is to provide simplicity and organization into teachers’ lives.

 

Why did you decide to create Teachably?

Teachers are some of the hardest workers I have ever met. Their passion and drive is inspiring. They have an incredible amount of work load when not in the classroom, not to mention being an inspiration and role model for students on a daily basis. In the education technology industry there seems to be a lack of focus on how humans use software. With my years of experience creating products around how human beings use them I decided to create a product focused primarily around using modern development technologies along with modern approach to interaction design to create a much simpler product to not only save teachers time but reduce the amount of tasks and workload they have.

 

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Why should teachers use Teachably?

Every teacher works differently, not one does the same thing in terms of organizing their lessons and keeping track of their students. With that said, we are dedicated to building a product that everyone can use. You don’t need to be a computer expert to use Teachably or be part of a long introductory keynote on how to use it. It’s simple user interface allows teachers to get started using it quickly and easily. We have a growing set of features that teachers are actively involved in developing. In the next month we plan on releasing more features like interactive whiteboards that can be used right from the web browser that can plug into any SmartBoard reducing the need of any extra software.

 

What is your monetization plan for Teachably?

As of current we haven’t finalized a monetization plan but it will be a monthly fee for accessing all of the features of the product. Special discounts will be available for group membership purchases (for faculties) and of course we will always have a demo membership that will allow you to preview all of the great features for a limited time.

 

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Where do you see Teachably going in the future?

Teachably is just getting started. With my heavy background in mobile design and development, there is no doubt we will want to get the product not only on desktops and tablets but allow teachers to seamlessly manage everything on their account through their mobile phone.

We also are using the latest web technologies to build in some features that will make it more interactive not only to teachers but to parents, students and faculty.

 

What tools did you use to build Teachably?

Teachably is built primarily on Ruby on Rails with front-end being managed by jQuery, HTML5 and SCSS. It is running on a Heroku server and a PostgreSQL database. In the coming months we hope to continue to ramp up on using all the latest, modern web development technology.

 

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Do you see any particular trends happening in edtech? How does Teachably fit into these?

Education Tech is right now heavily focused on building products that allow interaction with students to help them learn. While Teachably’s main focus is the teachers and helping them stay organized we can’t ignore the fact that the students are a big part of the workload. That’s why we will be building in features in the future that will allow teachers to use Teachably to interact with students and help them learn while also staying organized.

 

How can the community help you make Teachably a success?

Teachably is focused and built around the teachers. Without them it would not be possible to continue, so the more input we get from them we can build out the product to their liking. We listen to our members as a sort of crowdsourcing tool. We are not fans of companies that build products for themselves and not their users, we want to break that tradition with Teachably.

 

Usability study in downtown Hamilton

A downtown Hamilton startup is running a usability study next week, check out the details below…

 


Participate in a 60-minute ($30) usability study

I am scheduling participants for a 60-minute usability study taking place on May 28th, 2014 in downtown Hamilton. Participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card as an incentive for completing the session.
Appointments will be scheduled with eligible candidates on a “first come, first served” basis until the study is full.

To participate, you will need to:
- Own a smartphone or tablet
- Own a laptop computer
- Be able to bring both your smartphone or tablet AND laptop computer to the study location on May 28th, 2014
- Allow us to record the session

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/104VMv9ABmQys6dofiP3jVg_GK5FIyVtrmGIf6qFJEao/viewform

 

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